In one of the craziest, real drug busts you will ever be allowed to see, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released video on Twitter of an intense encounter with a small submarine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
It’s absolutely incredible. I won’t delay any further. Take a look:
.@VP is welcoming back the crew of CG Cutter Munro as they turn over 39K lbs of cocaine from drug seizures like this one from a semi-submersible off South America to federal agents. We will be live-streaming the offload on Facebook in a few hours. More: https://t.co/5eQRbQpxw5 pic.twitter.com/9bMRorDC4I— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) July 11, 2019
Wow! That’s persistence.
The USCG reported that the bust was part of “14 separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and disruptions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July 2019.”
According to the Coast Guard:
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro will offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean[…]
Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations. The fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys in districts across the nation.
Think about that for just a minute: Nearly 20 tons of drugs, most of it cocaine, worth over half-a-billion dollars confiscated in a three month span.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif. on Thursday to commend the crew of the USCG Cutter Munro and send congratulations for a job well done from President Donald Trump.
Pence’s comments revealed another interesting statistic concerning the bust, with the mission possibly leading to “the prosecution of 55 alleged smugglers.”
That’s what we call results!
You can watch Pence's comments below: